In this post, we’re going to look at the different types of backups, the pros/cons of each, and whether you should be doing them. We will also give you a small run through of how you set these types of backups up.

On-site backups

If you have ever done any backups up to this point, this is most likely where you are. On-site backups can be something as simple as backing up your important files to a USB drive. You could also be carrying out full machine backups to a large External Hard Drive. These are great methods if you want to keep costs down and be in control of where your data is held.

With Windows 10, backing up to an external hard drive is simple. To do this, go to the Start Menu > Settings > Update & Security > Backup. From here you can choose to add a drive, so make sure that you have one connected. The process is fairly simple and easy to follow.

The problem with these types of backups, is that you have to remember to do this yourself. Sometimes you may forget to do this, and only remember when it is too late and have lost the files. The other down side is that if the hard drive or USB breaks, your backup file is lost unless you pay for expensive professional data recovery services. These sorts of issues do not exist on cloud backups, which is what makes them a great alternative.

Cloud backups

Cloud backups have come a very long way in the past decade. There have always been big players that had seamless cloud backups however they always came at an extortionate price.

Over the past couple of years, these technologies have advanced enough so that smaller enterprises can offer solutions at much more affordable pricing. Most cloud services that you may already be using include backups within their service such as Microsoft 365. Even the free version of Microsoft OneDrive gives you 5GB of space for free. This allows those of you who don’t have a large amount of data to back up free of charge. For those of you that are likely to break past this limit, it is worth looking at cloud backup services such as iDrive.

iDrive is a very cost effective cloud backup service, which at the time of writing offers you 5TB of backup space for under £40/year. This is a huge amount of space that is more than enough for most everyday users, even if you store a lot of photos and videos. One of the best things about cloud backup services like iDrive is that they run on a schedule so that you don’t even have to remember after initially setting it up. It will automatically back up your files at a certain time. If the machine is off at that time, it will back up as soon as it is next switched on.

Backups - Should I be doing them?

Final thoughts

For those of you that require the odd file backed up, then a USB drive will be sufficient for you. Make sure that you check they are working correctly on a monthly basis. Otherwise you’ll be hit with a shock if it breaks in your time of need! For the rest of you, I would definitely recommend iDrive. It is extremely cost effective and means that you can just forget about it. If the service fails at any time, it will automatically notify you to let you know.

If you have any queries about the backup options, please do not hesitate to contact us so we can assist.

We are delighted to welcome Rodel Amancio, who has an extensive knowledge of PHP, to our permanent team as a Developer. Our team is growing! We have worked with Rodel for many years and are overjoyed to have him on board.

Our team is growing - welcome on board Rodel Amancio

Rodel is bringing over 10 years of experience working within the development industry. With his knowledge of PHP and JavaScript, Genius Computing can push clients further with a lower budget. We can make use of WordPress’ core, and make bespoke themes/plug-ins.

Due to COVID-19, we have had many customers wishing to go digital. We believe that all businesses should have an online presence, regardless of the pandemic. It exposes your business to a much wider audience, who you may not have normally come across. So far this year, we have helped more than 10 businesses get up and running online. Whether this has been building a website from scratch, or improving their current one. Now that our team is growing, we can offer this service to many more of you.

If any of the following statements can be applied to your business, then I assure you we can help:

  • You require a website
  • Currently have a WordPress website
  • Need to sell products online
  • You require IT support

We provide many services to clients across the UK, from IT Support, to web design, development and hosting. We also help with migrating e-mail from cheap providers to the likes of Office 365 and G Suite.

If your business needs help with website development, or any other IT services mentioned (or not mentioned) then get in touch with us. Even if we have not mentioned a service you require, let us know what it is and if we cannot help directly, we are sure to know which direction to point you in.

We like to ensure that our clients receive the best service possible, especially with our office 365 email migration service. If you choose our team to migrate your e-mails from your current provider, we will ensure a very smooth process. We have carried this process out countless times for clients over the years and have the process perfected.

We recommend Office 365 as it is an extremely powerful and secure e-mail provider. It also gives you a huge amount of tools for administration and monitoring. The license pricing starts from £3.00 per user. Depending on which license you choose, it will include optional Office Software. You can find more information on the pricing here.

Email Migration Service

With this service, we audit your current environment and then give you an estimated time to complete. You can then choose your preferred migration date and we will work to your dates. All of your mail is migrated from your old provider, so you need not worry about mail going missing. You will also not lose any mail whilst your e-mails are being migrated to the new service, with a seamless switchover to Office 365.

Once your e-mails have been migrated, we will also support all of your users remotely to help them get all of their devices connected to their new mail service.

If you would like to here more about how we can help you with our Office 365 Email Migration Service or have any questions about the service at all, then do not hesitate to get in touch.

Having a WordPress website created for you, or creating one yourself, can be an extremely cost effective way of giving your business an online presence. However, one thing that is sometimes forgotten is to continue managing your WordPress website. The main reasons why this is so important to keep up, is for the security and the speed of your website. There is a great article that explains in more depth why it is so important which you can find here.

Managing your WordPress website

Managing your WordPress website – Security

Security is the most important reason for you to continue managing your WordPress website. Having out of date themes and plug-ins makes your website extremely vulnerable to any malicious attacks. The longer your website is out of date, the more at risk your website is to these attacks. Keeping your themes and plug-ins up to date isn’t always a hard task, however sometimes problems can occur. When the plug-ins or themes aren’t compatible once they have been updated. This is why it is always leave the management of your website to a website developer that will be able to fix any issues should they occur once the plug-ins have been updated. You should be looking to ensure your plug-ins are update once per week, or at the very least once per month. This will ensure that your website’s risk to malicious attacks is kept to a minimum.

Managing your WordPress website – Speed

Speed is yet another reason for you to continue managing your WordPress website. By updating your themes and plug-ins, you will allow them to make use of the most up to date technologies available.This will usually in turn make your website work faster and more smoothly than leaving your website to go out of date. It will also give you the latest functionality available to you at the time.

How can we help?

Here at Genius Computing, we offer our customers a managed hosting plan for £45/month. This plan includes the hosting of your website on a fast VPS server, weekly updates, weekly backups, and pro-active monitoring. We can be managing your WordPress website whilst you spend your time managing the business. If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Welcome to Genius Computing. We are an award-winning IT Support company based in Newcastle upon Tyne, but we provide digital services across the United Kingdom.

Due to modern technology, it has become relatively pain-free to support you for your IT support requirements remotely. This not only saves time due to having an instant remote connection with a support agent, but it also means that you can be anywhere in the world to receive support.

IT Support Newcastle

For local businesses, we provide on-site support for any issues that cannot be resolved remotely.

Not only do we provide IT Support in Newcastle, but we also provide many other digital services such as website design, development, hosting and maintenance. You can see some of the work we have been a part of on our portfolio page

We have partnered with many great services such as Carbonite for backup services. We also have Digital Ocean for website hosting services, Cloud Market for your licensing requirements, and Bitdefender for your security. Due to these partnerships, we are able to provide a high class set of services at an extremely reasonable rate.

Wordpress Websites

Websites

In terms of website development and hosting, we provide a range of options for all types of clients and budgets. We handle very simple WordPress sites all the way up to fully custom websites built to specification. There are no size projects that we are not capable of handling. If you have a project, get in touch and send us your brief so we can help you implement it.

We’re here to help, whatever your requirements. As you will see from our testimonials, we are able to cater for all types and sizes of businesses. We will always have a smile on our face knowing we are making your work life easier!

IT Support Newcastle

Get in touch with us now to find out how we can assist you with any of your IT requirements.

Our new website has launched, giving you the chance to check out our work, clients, and any articles we may have written! The old website was starting to get a little dusty, so we thought it was time to freshen it up and offer more to our visitors.

New Website – New Pages

As you may have already seen, our new website now has a news & blog section. We will update this regularly with any important news about us, or IT in general. Also we will provide useful information for you in the blogs that we write.

The new website also has our work, testimonials and information about services we provide. Take your time to check out our clients, our work, and any articles that we have published or will be publishing in the new future! Over time we will continue to add more content so don’t forget to check back regularly.

We’d like to thank Mike ‘BarBar’ Barrientos for his awesome design work throughout. Mike has been carrying out graphical design work for Genius Computing for a few years now. We would definitely recommend his services for any business that requires a freelance graphics designer.

If you have any questions, we have the contact form, live chat, and contact number available at all times. We can’t wait to hear from you.